Traders threaten nationwide strike over pulse stock limit

“While the government buys 10 percent of the grain from the farmers at MSP price and the remaining 90 percent is bought by brokers, millers, corporates, traders that are supplied till the next year crop,

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Mumbai: The Grain, Rice & Oilseeds Merchants’ Association (GROMA), Navi Mumbai, has said that if the government’s orders two days ago fixing limits on the quantity of pulses being held in stock has said that if the order was not canceled, traders acroos India would go on strike.
According to UNI, however, major mandis and market in the country have already gone on strike. GROMA said approximately 10 crore traders all over India have strongly opposed recent order.

On July2, 2021, the Government of India via The Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) Order, 2021, landmark order placed stock limits on pulses.

The limit came into force yesterday and applies to retailers, wholesales, millers and importers, with stock limits being prescribed for all other pulses with the exception of ‘Moong’  until 31st October 2021 for all the States and Union Territories.

This was done specifically considering the devastation of the economy made worse by the pandemic.

Groma Bhimji Bhanushali, Secretary GROMA, told Free Press Journal said that farmers producing pulses have to sell them within a span of three months.

“While the government buys 10 percent of the grain from the farmers at MSP price and the remaining 90 percent is bought by brokers, millers, corporates, traders that are supplied till the next year crop,” said Bhanushali.

Bhanushali said that most of the mandis across the country are closed in protest of the stock limit. “If the order is not canceled, markets across the country may close indefinitely. Traders of Navi Mumbai GROMA have strongly opposed the law and urged the government to withdraw the order,” said Bhanushali.

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